WE DID IT - THANK YOU.
So, wow, you guys. Not just the chump change of $20,000 that I had thought would be a stretch to meet, but rather, a whopping $33,535, which is more than I ever hoped or imagined I could raise. Thanks to you and your bone-crushing support, I now not only have a budget to make this record, but money to promote it, make more music videos, tour to your city and meet you all in the flesh!! (Australia, I promise I'm coming for you!)
I want you all to know that I've been profoundly touched by every single one of you who pledged - those of you who sent me messages, emails and tweets saying how you can't wait for this album to be made, those of you who got part-time jobs, launched your own Kickstarter-type websites to help me meet my goal, did junkyard sales, sold your BLOOD PLASMA (yes, that happened) and donated your paychecks towards the project - thank you so much. Thanks for spreading the word like wildfire to your coworkers, family, and friends, and thanks for reblogging and retweeting everything I did. Thanks to my street team who mobilized on those social networks the second this project launched and hustled my stuff like the freaking mafia!
This whole experience has been nothing short of surreal and I really am at a loss for words to express my gratitude of your mind-bottling (yes, that's a Blades of Glory reference) support of me and my music. As an artist, there really isn't any better fulfillment than knowing that others want you to keep doing that which you love the most, and without getting overly sentimental here (but if not now, then when?), it is my sincerest honor and greatest joy to make more music for you all, the people who made this album happen.
After the project reached its goal, I immediately called Tomek, who will be helping me produce and engineer the record - to excitedly discuss logistics and how best to proceed now that we have a BUDGET! No time will be wasted - we'll be heading into the studio this September and plan to be in there working on this baby thru the end of the year...so at this very moment in time, it's looking like a Spring 2012 release for Animal Love. I'll be sending you a million annoying updates and videos with every new instrument, tempo change and scratch track we record during the process, so you'll wanna just keep that pointer over the little x in the corner of your screen if you've got better things to do with your time...
As for your perks, some will get theirs sooner than others (the bigger-ticket items like the cardigan, glasses and dresses will be sent out ASAP, others will obviously have to wait, like the actual album) but just hang on to your hats and I promise I'll get you your things as fast as I humanly can. I'll be in touch with those of you who are slated to sing with me (!!) or come into the studio, etc.
Thanks for reading this novel of an update, and once more, THANK YOU. I'm incredibly blessed to have you all behind me, and I can't wait to make an amazing record for you!!!
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My eternal gratitude and the best virtual hug you've ever had.
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A super secret mp3 that won't be shared with anyone but backers, emailed to your inbox upon completion + your name on my website for all the world to see!
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Digital download of the album a week before its release and access to exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of the making of the album for BACKERS ONLY. (plus everything above)
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Signed physical copy of the album the week before its release, limited edition Charlene Kaye sticker & button set, and the mp3 demo of Hummingbird Heart (the song playing in the video above, that will be on the new record) (plus everything above)
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Signed Charlene Kaye rainbow dress poster shot by Shervin Lainez for your bathroom wall, and a Charlene Kaye rainbow ribbon bracelet braided with love by yours truly! (plus everything above)
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Digital download of an unreleased piano-and-voice EP I made when I was in college called Believe! EP, that isn't available anywhere, plus my entire digital discography- Things I Will Need in the Past, Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes EP, and the new record. (plus everything above)
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An exclusive Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes T-shirt designed for backers only. Now everyone on the street will be able to tell how important you are for helping make this record! (plus everything above)
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A color 11 X 17 photograph of Darren Criss and I singing Dress and Tie at the last ever show at Don Hill's in NYC, shot by Konrad Brattke and signed by us both (me and Darren, not me and Konrad...although Konrad can sign it too if you want) plus two guest list spots to the Charlene Kaye show of your choice.
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Choose - 1) Joe Moses and I will make a hilarious music video for you on the song of your choice and work your name (and friends, if you want!) into the lyrics in your honor. Check out our smash hit of a cover of Justin Bieber's "Baby" for an example - http://youtu.be/zv_QbyuRO84 OR 2) A video of my mom personally telling you how wonderful you are for helping make my new record. She's adorable and it will basically be the cutest thing ever. (plus everything above)
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Choose 1) You can sing one of my songs with me at a concert! If you want, a group of you can pool together and all sing with me! or 2) A skype chat with me, wherever you are in the world! We can talk about life, pop culture, politics, religion, your love life, MY love life, whatever you want. You can ask me anything you've ever wanted to ask me and I will answer to the best of my ability. It'll be rillll intimate. (plus everything above)
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I'll send you a DVD of 1) the complete concert from our last show at Don Hill's in NYC or 2) An exclusive DVD of never-released behind-the scenes footage of the making of the Dress and Tie music video. http://youtu.be/83fJ7hlZkpA (plus everything above)
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Come hang out at the studio while we're making the record! You can meet Tomek, my BAMF of a co-producer and engineer, and the rest of the band. (plus everything above)
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Your choice of - 1) the red dress I wore in the "Dress and Tie" video 2) The white dress I wear in the "Human" music video which is soon to be released or 3) I'll cover any song you want! (plus everything above)
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My pair of pink Darren Criss sunglasses that he gave to me, signed by both he and I, that I've gone on tour with and worn at many a show (plus everything above except for the dresses,)
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My black and white Delta Blues hollowbody electric guitar I play in the Mad Tom video, and that Darren Criss played at our show at Public Assembly back in October (see a photo here- http://tinyurl.com/3wczs4t), signed by yours truly (plus everything above except my dresses). It sounds great and is so enjoyable to play - looking forward to passing this baby on!
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My blue cardigan Darren Criss and I both wear (at different times) in the "Dress and Tie" video (check it out- http://youtu.be/83fJ7hlZkpA) If you want, a bunch of you can pool together, cut the cardigan up into pieces and wear it in little vials around your necks!! (plus everything above except for my dresses and guitar)
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Dinner with the band and a private house concert when we come to your city on tour! (Continental US only, unless you international folks wanna fly us out!) (plus everything above except for the cardigan and my dresses)
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